Associate Professor and
Co-Director of Graduate Studies (w/ Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson)
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Sheri Parks is an Associate Professor and will become co-director of Graduate Studies in the Department in Summer 2009. Her research focuses on public aesthetics, with particular concern for popular culture as public mythology and its effect upon individuals, families and minority cultures. Her forthcoming book is Fierce Angels: The Strong Black Woman in American Life and Culture. She an active public intellectual, appearing in national and local media, and is in demand as a public speaker. Dr. Parks is active in the university’s civic engagement initiatives, as a steering committee member of the Coalition for Civic Engagement and as an instructor whose classes often include projects that benefit non-profit associations. In 2008 she was recognized by the campus as the Outstanding Woman of Color and as Faculty of the Year in the University Honors Program.
Studies (University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1985)
M.A. Communication Studies (University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1983)
B.A. English and Radio, Television and Motion Pictures (University of
North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1978)
- Lion Mother of the
American Soul: The Black Maternal Figure in Popular Mythology.
Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, forthcoming.
- "Black Families and the
Media." Managing Black/White Tensions at Home: Family Communication
and Ethnic Cultural Diversity. Ed. T. Socha and R. Diggs. New York:
- "Through Our Own Eyes."
Black Film Review March 1995.
- "Ridicule as an Educational
Corrective." Journal Of Educational Psychology 73 1981. 722-27.
- "In My Mother's House:
Traditional Black Feminism in the PBS production of A Raisin in the
Sun." Theatre and Feminist Aesthetics. Ed. K. Laughlin and
C. Schuler. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson, 1995.
- "In My Mother's House:
Black Feminist Aesthetics, Television and A Raisin in the Sun." Feminism
and Theater. Ed. C. Schuler. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson,
- "Feminism in the Lives
of Ordinary Women." Barnard College Occasional Papers. Fall
- "The Effect of Ridiculing
a Television Model on Children's Imitation of the Model's Behavior."
Human Communication Research 10 1983. 243-55.
and Popular Culture (graduate)
Black Mother and Popular Mythology (graduate)
Gender Roles and Media (undergraduate)
Family and Popular Culture (undergraduate)
Children and Television (undergraduate)
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